Posts Tagged: Alan Foy


17
Jul 12

ThoughtBox wins Blueface Business Elevator Final

 

And the winner is…. Thoughtbox

Wow, what a weekend! And what an exciting day our Blueface Elevator Final brought! Many many congratulations to Cristina Luminea of ThoughtBox, who took the prize on the day; her initiative of educational software for children that helps them to discover the answers themselves looks set to become a huge success and we’re delighted to be able to assist her in growing and advancing her business. While Cristina took the top prize, all nine finalists really impressed us with their enthusiasm and commitment; it is always inspiring and motivating to meet dedicated entrepreneurs

who believe and invest so passionately in their business. many travelled from early on Saturday morning to make it to the Westbury Hotel for set up and there was a great atmosphere in the ‘Business Zone’ as everyone got their displays ready. We called over to Carphone Warehouse, Grafton St. to take photos in store and this was when the adrenalin really started pumping for the Blueface team – nine great teams of finalists was gonna make for one interesting competition!!

Presentations from finalists kicked off in the early afternoon, in the Grafton Suite of the  Westbury Hotel. First up was James McNamara presenting for CleverMiles, our regional winners in the Drogheda heat. The second presentation was from Niall Fennell of Ireland’s Raw Kitchen, regional winners in Galway. Third was Randall Wharton of RigBag, who won the Cork heat, while fourth we had Trevor Keane of Fantasy5Live, winners of the Kilkenny Heat. Our fifth presentation was from Barry Spearman of New Age Memorials, who won in Limerick. We took a short break halfway through the presentations and by this time, we had so many audience members, some extra rows of chairs had to be quickly installed in the theatre!

After the break, we got straight back into the presentations with the first of our joint winners from the Dundrum heat, Mark Moore of Oral Eye. Next was the other joint winner from Dundrum, MotionFox, presented by Rob Quigley. Second last was the first of our joint winners from the Carrick-on-Shannon heat, Cristina Luminea of ThoughtBox and the final presentation of the day was from our other winner in Carrick-on-Shannon, Malcolm Donnellan of Simply Phone to Photo.

After all of these amazing presentations, we didn’t know how just one winner could be selected! Luckily we had a very experienced and professional judging panel to do the hard work for us and they retired to discuss each idea in turn. Guest judges, Economist Constantin Gurdgiev and Brian Fallon, CEO of TheJournal.ie and Founder of Daft.ie; joined Alan Foy, CEO, Blueface; Peter Scott, General Manager, Carphone Warehouse Ireland; Nigel Heneghan, Managing Director, Heneghan PR; David Gorman, Managing Partner, Gorman Quigley Penrose; and David O’Donnell, Partner, Mason Hayes + Curran, in choosing the winner.

In the end, ThoughtBox came out on top and took the prize of a huge package of business services including telephony services  from Blueface, mobile handsets, tablets and other hardware from Carphone Warehouse, advertising from Newstalk 106-108FM, public relations advice from Heneghan PR, accountancy advice  from Gorman Quigley Penrose and legal advice from Mason Hayes + Curran.

Alan Foy, CEO of Blueface commented afterwards: “Congratulations to ThoughtBox, who won based on the high standard of presentation given today, the creativity behind the idea and the commercial value of the business going forward. It was a tough decision, as the standard of applicants surpassed all of our expectations. Thank you to all who took part and helped make this happen, we are very pleased with the level of support we received in our initiative to highlight and promote the large number of innovative and exciting start-ups in Ireland and we look forward to working with and assisting all of the finalists in any way that we can.”

More information about all of the finalists will be available on this blog over the coming weeks and we hope to have an interview with Cristina of ThoughtBox ready for publication soon. Thanks once again to everyone who took part in the competition or who helped to make it the massive success that it was! Right now we’re thinking about how we can make Blueface Business Elevator bigger and better in the future, so watch this space :-)

 

Some of the Key sponsors pose with Christina outside The Westbury Hotel.


29
Feb 12

Blueface Mobile. Officially launched by an Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD.

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD spreads the word about Blueface Mobile with Blueface CEO, Alan Foy.

Wednesday the 22nd February marked the beginning of an exciting new venture for us as ‘Blueface Mobile’ was launched by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny at a much-anticipated event staged in the elegant surroundings of the Hibernian Club on Stephens Green, Dublin. The launch was very well attended and guests included a number of high-profile figures from the Irish telecommunications and technology sectors.

Blueface Mobile is the first mobile service tailored exclusively for business users in Ireland and reflects the realities of modern business both at home and abroad. We have been working on the service and all of the features that go with it for over two years and we are confident that we have designed a package that will actively assist businesses to grow and improve their communications. Blueface Mobile customers will be able to choose from both pre- and post- pay options, and will be able to purchase SIM cards and/or handsets independently as required.

Speaking at the event, CEO of Blueface, Alan Foy, emphasised that the core aim of Blueface Mobile is to empower Irish businesses by  delivering an innovative telecoms service that is better and more cost efficient than anything else currently on offer in the market. He went on to comment: “Blueface Mobile represents one of the new innovations in telecommunications. Today we can offer a business grade mobile service with features and services unparalleled in the Irish market. Blueface will deliver a truly unified telecoms proposition and will manage business communications across landline and mobile in a fully converged, unified way – one voicemail, one call management portal and one bill are just for starters.”

We were delighted to have An Taoiseach Enda Kenny as our guest of honour on the day and he very perceptively identified Blueface as part of the “emerging generation of Irish entrepreneurs who are embracing modern technology, seeing opportunities and creating ventures that have the capacity to enhance competitiveness, and create jobs”.

Blueface Mobile will initially be offered exclusively to existing Blueface customers, to add to their existing services and to thank them for their loyalty to Blueface over the last few years; the company is proud to have a low client turnover rate and the development of Blueface Mobile has been strongly influenced by the input and feedback of our customers.

Over the coming months, Blueface will extend Blueface Mobile to new customers and we are also very excited to be going into partnership with the most trusted retailer in the Irish mobile market, Carphone Warehouse. To us, this partnership reflects one of the key elements of the Blueface brand; empowering customers to get better services and cut their costs by offering them a more intelligent telecoms solution.

If you would like to get some more information about how Blueface Mobile could help your business, check out our website at www.blueface.ie or give our Sales team a call on 01-524 2000.


8
Nov 11

Blueface ranks in Top 20 Fastest growing businesses 2011 – Deloitte Fast 50 awards.

Blueface Nov 16th Special PAYG Offer

Blueface today announced that it ranked number 16 in the 2011 Deloitte Technology Fast 50, a ranking of the 50 fastest growing technology companies in Ireland. Rankings are based on average percentage revenue growth over five years. Blueface acquired a substantial number of business customers during this period, which has helped create significant growth for the company.

The Fast 50 programme, now in its twelfth year in Ireland, ranks the fastest-growing technology companies in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. This year, there are 14 companies from Northern Ireland in the ranking. The average growth rate of the Fast 50 companies named in this year’s ranking is 674%

To Celebrate our 16th Place position we want to give all our business and residential customers a 16% bonus on all PAYG credit purchased on November 16th. Simply log into your account, select the amount of credit you wish to purchase and you’ll immediately receive  16% Bonus on whatever value you top up by. On Behalf of all the Blueface Team we would like to thank all our customers, both new and existing, for their continued support. Let’s hope for even more success next year!

 

 


28
Apr 11

“The Future of the Phone” – A Look at New Horizons in Communications

Blueface, Ireland’s leading internet telephony provider today brought together global and local speakers and industry experts to discuss the future of the phone and new horizons in communications, at a conference which took place at the Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin. The event commenced with an opening address from Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources, Mr Pat Rabbitte TD. and was attended by Industry Professionals, Business People, IT service providers and telecoms experts.
Pat Rabbitte TD
The conference focused on the major trends in the communications industry and undertook a futuristic examination of how communications, telecoms and telephony services will fundamentally change over the next decade. Speakers at this morning’s event included, among others, senior executives from Panasonic Global, Ericsson Europe, H3G Ireland, Blueface, Satellite Broadband Ireland, Emutex and the Telecoms Institute at Trinity College.

Alan Foy, CEO, Blueface, commented: “With the advent of social networking, ubiquitous devices and internet connectivity, we see the consumer market driving more innovation into the business market. Small businesses can now take advantage of these great new services, including IP telephony, to drive business forward and affordable prices. Blueface is committed to the SME market and delivers a tailored, big business communications services at a small business price.”

During the conference there was a series of relevant, thought provoking, keynote addresses from leaders of Irish companies and MNC’s in communications, software and internet businesses.  Themes discussed included, communications as a service (CaaS), IP telephony, mobile convergence, unified communications and collaboration (UC&C), technology including application development and the rise of the smartphone.
Blueface CEO Alan Foy with Irish Minister Pat Rabbitte
Blueface offers targeted solutions for small to medium sized business customers and earlier this year developed an innovative new app, which gives iPhone users a ‘virtual landline number’ that can save users up to 90% on calls. Another innovative offering for SMEs is the Emutex VMX ‘office in a box’ solution for up to 128 extensions. Blueface also teamed up with Panasonic to produce an affordable SME offering, a scalable plug and play product, which can efficiently cater for a wide variety of business sizes, from a 1-2 person business right to up to a 6-8 person organisation.


1
Nov 10

Blueface launches its Brighter Enterprise Program with Social Entrepreneurs Ireland

Blueface, the leading Internet telephone service provider has launched its Brighter Enterprise program with Social Entrepreneurs Ireland (SEI). This affinity program aims to support enterprises that are in start up mode and who want to manage their telecommunication costs. All of SEI’s Network members around Ireland can avail of Blueface’s full suite of business products at a significantly discounted rate.  As part of its arrangement with SEI, Blueface is providing free telephone services for a year to the three 2010 SEI award finalists.

Blueface and Social Entrepreneur Ireland


Blueface is also supporting entrepreneurship in Ireland by providing SMEs with their telecommunications services at a fraction of the cost of traditional operators, with a typical saving of 50% over other operators.  Blueface has a full suite of call plans, including conference and eReception services.

The SEI awards focuses on and promotes the work of outstanding social entrepreneurs.  This year’s finalists who will be availing of the Blueface service are Dara Hogan, Frances Black and John Lawlor.  Dara Hogan set up Fledglings Early Years Education and Care, as a not-for-profit social franchise to support and mentor early years educators in disadvantaged communities; Frances Black set up The RISE Foundation, to assist families dealing with addiction, to understand the impact of addiction and its effects on relationships; and John Lawlor set up Bridge to College, which works with young people to lift educational horizons based on a new model of team-based workshops and technology mediated learning.

Blueface is delighted to partner with Social Entrepreneurs Ireland to sponsor the communication needs of its members as part of its Brighter Enterprise program. Some of Ireland’s brightest entrepreneurs are coming up with innovative approaches to tackle current and further challenges, well believe there is great synergy between Blueface and SEI and are delighted to be able to provide this level of support ,” said Alan Foy, Chief Executive, Blueface.

Seán Coughlan, Chief Executive, Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, said: “In order for social entrepreneurs to turn their vision into reality and tackle some of our entrenched social and environmental problems they need encouragement and support. By making this generous offer Blueface has shown real leadership in stepping up to the plate, providing significant support to our network of social entrepreneurs. They are to be applauded as their support for social entrepreneurs will ultimately lead to long term benefits for communities throughout Ireland.

Blueface


11
Feb 10

Alan Foy Blueface CEO discusses the new offer on TV3

Blueface CEO, Alan Foy, was invited to Ireland AM on TV3 to discuss our latest special offer: Free Irish Calls for Life.


6
Jan 10

Blueface kick-starts the Telecoms shake up in 2010

New CEO, Alan Foy

New CEO, Alan Foy is very confident about the year ahead

Blueface, Ireland’s leading internet telecoms company, is set to make some powerful changes in 2010.  Today, the innovative, fast growing technology company announced its first change; the appointment of a new Chief Executive, Mr. Alan Foy.

6th January, 2010 – Dublin, Ireland, Blueface formally announces the appointment of Alan Foy to the role of Chief Executive of Blueface Ltd.   Mr. Foy is charged with creating and building the next phase of growth for Blueface, a young, innovative and dynamic company with an ambitious new strategic direction.   Mr. Foy will lead the management team to create and deliver unique communications products and services to business, residential and wholesale customers in the UK and Ireland.

“There’s lots of very exciting news in Blueface”, Mr. Foy explains, “We have special cutting edge projects in incubation which clearly demonstrate Blueface’s commitment to innovation and to delivering low-cost, 21st century telecoms for all our customers”.  “We also have star players joining the management team both here in Ireland and in the UK to help deliver on Blueface’s ambitious plans and who fit with our company’s entrepreneurial and unique culture”.

Mr. Foy comments that, “Blueface is a home-grown Irish technology company delivering cost savings and great communications functionality to Irish and UK SME’s and residential customers in these challenging economic times”. “We empower our customers to take control of their communications services and to manage the costs involved in ways that most telecoms companies wouldn’t dare to offer.  The customer value proposition of Blueface stacks up now more than ever”.


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